“Maximising the development impact of migration”… Read the new European Commission’s Communication on this!

 

On 21.5.2013 the European Commission has issued a new Communication on the need to broaden the migration-development nexus. You may find it here http://www.eunomad.org/images/Communication_CE_maximising_the_development_impact_of_migration.pdf  This was done as a contribution for the second UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, to be held in New York on 3 and 4 October 2013, after 7 years since the first one.

The overall theme of the 2013 High Level Dialogue will be “to identify concrete measures to strengthen coherence and cooperation at all levels, with a view to enhancing the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike and its important links to development, wile reducing its negative implications”.

We would like to highlight the Communication’s focus on the need to widen the view of the link between migration and development in order to address comprehensively all issues at stake, such as migration within developing countries, mobility between cities, forced migration, climate change and environmental degradation, that is about sustainable economic, social and environmental development.  Another focus is on the measures to ensure and enforce  protection of human rights of all migrants, as a key component of all EU policies…

The Commission further highlights the need to work on the governance frameworks to improve policy coherence and to create tools to translate the knowledge into operational guidelines.  In this context, it requires further attention towards the role of local authorities and their development planning: “The role of city administrations is pivotal, as increasing migration and urbanisation are linked issues which have a significant impact on societies worldwide. Cities have the potential to act as catalysts of social change“.

The Commission also underlines the need to promote the migrant-centred approach as a cross-cutting priority of all EU actions on migration and development.

Read the conclusions…and share your comments and concrete ideas with us!

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